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That '70s Show

Season 5 Episode 1

Going To California

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 17, 2002 on FOX
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Going To California
Donna has had enough of the Golden State. She misses Eric, who, although she doesn't know it, is headed West - despite his parents' objections - to declare his love and bring her home. Kelso, however, has decided he has found the woman of his dreams in Annette, who is beautiful and believes in him. Back in Wisconsin, Jackie is a changed woman, thanks to a change in boyfriends.moreless

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  • whoa I did not see that happening

    After Donna and Kelso leave to good old California Eric starts to miss Donna so he ran a way to go find her and Red said no but he did it anyway then Hyde grows a beard and it makes him look older and kind of weird then in Califoria Kelso gets a hot new girlfriend and Donna finds Eric and they fall in love again and Kelso learns that his Girlfriend doesn't want to have sex so the 3 go back to point place and the guys get busted and Kelso said man nothing happen then we learn a juicy parth we learn that Jackie and Hyde are a couple now WHOA i did not see that comingmoreless
  • Eric finally decides to do something useful during his summertime by going to California to rescue Donna back; Hyde and Jackie hook up.

    The end of season four resulted in an upset Donna, recently getting broken up with by Casey Kelso, running away to California with Michael Kelso. It isn't for months until Kitty gets a call at home from Donna, who wants to talk to Eric. Kitty tries to tell Eric that while he is on the toilet, trying to gain concentration...

    When Eric finds out what Kitty was trying to tell him, he becomes frustrated and tries to recall Donna himself using the number Kitty wrote down for him on a note, which is stolen by his father, Red. The restless Eric steals the number from his own father's pocket and attempts calling Donna, but can't.

    Well, it's his fault., if you ask me. Kitty exclaimed a quote before the opening credits where she said, "Sleeps 'till noon, stays in the bathroom until supper, what kind of summer is that!?!" I agree 100% with this. He could at least take Donna's phone calls and talk to her regularly to a point to where she feels comfortable on coming home herself, rather than Eric getting into trouble by getting on a plane to California without his parents' permission.

    So after first asking his parents if he can go to California to save Donna, which obviously, they say "no" to, Hyde and Jackie, who are secretly a couple now, buy a plane ticket for Eric to take and go to California with. While Hyde promises to keep it a secret, he and Jackie get into trouble. Kitty catches them making out in her own kitchen, and tells them, "You kids switch partners more than square dancers!" referring to the fact that the group has had so many different relationships together.

    As a cover up story, Jackie blows Eric's cover and tells Kitty about California. Which is stupid. That's something I always hated about Jackie. She thought she was funny, she thought she was smart, she thought she was worth getting your attention - but she's not any of that. She was probably one of my least favorite characters on the show, if not, my number one least favorite.

    So back to Eric saving Donna - he arrives on a beach in California - "coincidentally" the same beach as Donna and Kelso are on. (I also wondered why Eric seemed to know where exactly Donna was.) So anyway, Donna sees Eric and is very happy. They leave and go home back to Point Place, Wisconsin later that night after Kelso gets back from a carnival with a hot girl (played by Jessica Simpson) who he was trying to get to do sex with the whole time there, but learned she was a virgin. (We know that's a lie in real life)

    Hyde gives Eric the sign as if he's safe and his parents didn't know a thing. But obviously he gets in trouble with Red and Kitty - though Kitty obviously thought Eric had done the most romantic thing she had ever heard. But this is the beginning of the end for Eric Forman. Red has it in for him for this season and he better know it.

    The episode was pretty good, in my opinion, and even though I am a guy, I guess it was honestly romantic what Eric did - it sucks that he's going to be treated bad during Seasons 5-6.moreless
  • What a surprise!

    Surprise! Hyde & Jackie are together, get ready for a revelation of Jackie & Hyde shippers. Anyways my favorite part of the episode is when Eric & Donna are running towards each other, I hate Donna's new hair style, she looks like a hippie. Anyways I also like the part when Anette cools off, it's so dramatic. And Jackie sucks for ratting out Eric to his parents. Also I like the part when they are holding each other in the van, that is one of the most important moments in Eric & Donna history. This was a great season premiere! :)moreless
  • What happened to Donna and Kelso?

    This episode is perfect in so many different ways. I know Jessica Simpson gets a lot of crap, but she is hilarious and as art imitates real life she plays stupid better than anyone. Eric is hilarious as always in this episode and when he goes to get Donna in California it is very cute and funny. But my absolute favorite part of this episode is the relationship between Hyde and Jackie, I had been waiting since season one for this and it finally happened and it is great, when Kitty sees them and Jackie tells on Eric it is so funny. all in all a great episode.moreless
  • A lot can change in a couple of months...

    A pretty good start to season five, Going To California proves to have quite a lot of developments in all the characters, whether it’s Red getting too old to punish (which doesn’t last long), Hyde and his beard, Kelso moving on, Jackie saying badass, Eric older and wiser and Fez, well, some things never change.

    This was a funny start to the fifth season but the Hyde-Jackie relationship never really stuck to me, but has many hilarious moments throughout the show. Overall, there has been better season premieres of the show but it is definitely not the worst of them.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • From the beginning of season one to this episode, Kelso & Jackie have broken up 5 times, the most for a couple in the entire series. Their longest relationship lasted from mid-Season 3 to the 2nd-last episode of Season 4; their shortest lasted only one episode in the Season 4 finale.

    • The music used in this episode was:
      California Sun (1977) by Ramones;
      Hot Child In The City (1978) by Nick Gilder;
      You Make Loving Fun (1977) by Fleetwood Mac;
      Right Back Where We Started From (1976) by Maxine Nightingale;
      Wouldn't It Be Nice (1966) by The Beach Boys.

    • When Annette goes to cool off, she picks up a pail of water to dump over herself, but she is already soaking wet.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Annette: So I said to Michael, "You're not supposed to eat the plastic wrapping," and that's how we met.
      Eric: My god. It's like Love Story.

    • Donna: I don't know anybody else. California people are freaks! Like that guy: You can't smoke that out here! I miss Eric... This guy even looks like Eric... Oh my God!... Eric!

    • (Eric has just returned from California; Red and Kitty know that he went)
      Kitty: What do you have to say for yourself?
      Eric: I... I brought you a sea shell.
      Red: Just get in the damn house!

    • Kelso: Did you look at [Annette]? She's so hot she could be a robot.

    • Red: Let me tell you something. If the US Government decides to stick a tracking device up your ass, you say "Thank you!" ...And "God bless America!"

    • (talking to Eric about going California)
      Red: No. No California. You know what's important? School. You're going to be a senior and you need to buckle down.
      Kitty: Luke Skywalker would have buckled down.

    • Eric: You know what? That's it. I'm going. I'll just show up in California and like, blow [Donna]'s mind. Yeah! I mean, when the Empire killed Luke Skywalker's aunt and uncle, did he just call him up? No! He hopped on the Millennium Falcon and he paid a little visit to the Death Star.

    • Eric: It's ringing... it's ringing... Oh my God, it's ringing. (hangs up the phone)
      Fez: And Eric chickens out again. Quack, quack, quack.

    • Annette: So, all you care about is sex. I thought that there was more to you than that.
      Kelso: But there isn't.

    • Jackie: Look, Eric, just write her a letter. That's how I broke up with Michael. I was able to take my time and come up with good synonyms for ... cowardly won't-marry-me loser, run-away-to-California jackass!

    • Kelso: I mean, come on, guys, just give me a few hours, ok? Look, this girl is beautiful, and she believes in me. And if I can get her to put out, she will be 3 out of 3. But right now she's only 2 out of 3, and I'm sorry but 50% just ain't gonna cut it.

    • Jackie (pulling Donna aside): Look, Donna, I know you're nervous about seeing people at school after running away and all. But I want you to know it's all under control. I told everyone you went away to have a baby.

    • Kelso: Man, I've been gone all summer, and I get back, and everything's just the same. I guess nothing ever changes around here. (leaves the basement)
      (Hyde rapidly moves onto the couch, straddling Jackie's leg as they begin to make out)

    • Kelso: You know, in Wisconsin, if you win a girl a giant purple rhinoceros, she puts out!

    • Kelso: I love [Annette]!
      Eric: No you don't.
      Kelso: Well I love parts of her!

  • NOTES (2)

    • The opening credits used from this episode no longer feature Tommy Chong as Leo. The same opening sequence was used, but the scene with Leo and all the guys was replaced by the scene with only Kitty, Donna and Jackie.

      This version of the opening sequence is the one that lasted the longest. It was used until the season 7 finale.

    • This episode was supposed to be the first part of a 3-part story-arc.